Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Harry at 6 Months

Time has flown by and all of a sudden my little squishy faced baby is now turning into a proper little boy, Harry is now 6 months old - this kid has been in our lives for half a year??!!  We survived!! Yay!! Holy crap its been the most mental, hectic, stressful, exciting, emotional, happy, precious 6 months of our lives and I wouldn't change a second of it!!

Bashful Monkey soft toy from Jellycat

Weight: H is solid.  Not fat just solid!!  He weighs a whopping 17lb 15! I'm not sure if hes really our child as Scott and I are such tiny people!!

Chinos with braces from Zara
Playsuit from Lavish Alice
Daily: We have a pretty good routine going now (on a good day).  Harry wakes around 7am for a bottle and breakfast, he naps at 9ish for 45 mins to an hour then we get him dressed and play until his next bottle at 11.  He then goes down for a lunchtime nap at 12pm which can last up to 2 hours but we still don't get this everday which is a real shame as he definitely needs the sleep, he is SO much happy when he takes the long nap! I give him lunch shortly after he wakes up and then another bottle at 3 - although I have missed this a few times now by accident and he hasn't really moaned for it!  He will usually have a cat nap about 4 to recharge his batteries and then we have tea at 5.30pm, bath at 6.30pm and bottle/bed by 7pm! PHEW! Writing it down makes it seem hard work!
Harry is just starting to master sitting up which is SO much fun as he can see the world from a different view and play with his toys a lot easier!  He really isn't much of a fan of rolling around for some reason, but he does still love to lay on him tummy!
We try to get out the house with Haribo everyday so we can often be found strolling into town for a walk by late afternoon if its been a home day! I swear fresh air helps babies sleep better so I cant wait until our garden is finished and the weather is nicer so we can go out to play more! Its also a really great distraction from teething and other baby complaints he may have that day!

Blue dungarees from Next and Hat H&M
Bedtime:  We have had a few 2am wake up calls lately from the little rascal!  He tends to roll himself over onto his back in his sleep and then cries because he can't roll back onto his tummy again so all we have to do is run in there and roll him - however i really hope he learns to do this himself soon!! He also wakes at 5.30am every single morning which I think has becoime a habit more than anything as he goes right back to sleep if we go into him. I am thinking of trying the "wake to sleep" method as i have heard good things but would love to hear from anyone else who has tried it first

Baby bouncer by Stokke
Eating:  Turning 6 months is super exciting in terms of foods we can give Harry to try! I think he can pretty much have everything now apart from honey and nuts?! 
I spent a morning cooking this week to whip up his next dishes and bigger portions than before as well, using my Beaba Babycook - you can read more about that here!  So far he has tried Annabel Karmel's Lovely Lentils (he loved) and also her Chicken Casserole (he hated) and he is a huge mega fan of yoghurts!
I want to start giving him a few finger foods but i'm scared for some reason!! I would love to hear any suggestions for the first finger foods to try him on!?
Harry also still has 4 bottles a day usually taking 5oz in each, I am guessing we should drop one of these soon i'm just not sure which one!?

Bashful Monkey soft toy from Jellycat and Pram Quinny

Clothing: We are still wearing our 3-6 month clothing which is great as we don't have a lot of 6-9 month gear, or much summer clothing come to think of it!  We are off on holiday very soon so we will be picking up a few summery pieces going absolutely nuts baby shopping for that!

Bashful Monkey soft toy from Jellycat and Musy by Aden & Anais

  • Harry can sit YAY!!
  • He has prety much masteted eating purees and can tolerate a few lumps!
  • He makes a lot more different noises now which is amazing for us to hear considering his hearing loss
  • He can just about put his dummy back in his mouth when he picks it up!
Baby bouncer by Stokke
Hearing: Its still the same old kicking up a fuss routine every morning when we put Harry's magic ears in and as he is getting bigger and stronger it can be really difficult to "pin" him down and get them in!  
We had our first sign lesson last week and I really loved it! I learnt my alphabet pretty much straight away and I can't wait for little H to do his first sign!! My guess is that it will be either "milk" or "more"!!
We have a test in June that will be the first one to start determining whether or not he is benefiting from his hearing aids so that will be a big day for us all

As we have come to this big ol' milestone of 6 months I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of my readers, some of you now great friends, for your following, support and love!!!  You're all FAB!

I would love to hear about what your 6 month old is up to?!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Harry's Weaning Journey: The Beaba BabyCook

Weaning Harry has been so much fun and pretty entertaining and it's also been made a whole lot easier by a fabulous machine called the Beaba BabyCook! It steams and purees your desired ingredients to perfection whilst locking in all those yummy nutrients!
I find it a dream to use and I don't dread cooking up Harry's menu as there's barely any prep work or washing up involved! You simply chop up your fruit or veg and pop it in the steamer basket with the recommended amount of water (it comes with a guide). Feel free to then put your feet up with a cuppa for 10 mins - or in reality attempt to do some household chores whilst tending to a grizzly baby - then once steamed you just whizz them in the blender with a little of the cooking water, and voila you have made your very first purée!

Little H is still having formula alongside his food although he has cut down how much he will take, usually around 5oz, and he has 4 bottles a day.
He thoroughly enjoys his fruity porridge breakfast or some bubba cereal and at the moment which I give to him straight after his morning milk (around 7.30am).  I'm thinking of starting to give it to him a bit later though to break up the morning a bit more and keep him fuller longer - I'm not sure?!

Lunchtime for our little chubs is around 1.45pm - 2pm after he has woken from his afternoon nap. He will have some sort of veggie purée, some days followed by a fruit one or a piece of fruit in his feeder net! 

The next meal Harry will have is at around 5.30pm where he will have another veg purée, which he will usually gobble down without a fuss with a few gulps of water from a bottle! He then gets a good old chew and suck on his feeder bet again with a yummy fruity treat in it - 9 times out of 10 he will cry when he finishes it!! He loves the fruit! I have tried to get him into rusks but he's totally not bothered by them and just chucks it on the floor!

Harry has tried all of the below healthy treats so far:

Fruity porridge
Sweet potato
Butternut squash

His favourite is definitely the fruits, especially strawberry and apple, but he's also partial to a bit of parsnip and broccoli mixed with sweet potato!
The only thing that he has refused to swallow is plain carrot - but who can blame him they are kind of bland! Banana also didn't seem to agree with his tummy first time round and gave him a bit of constipation which was surprising as they are good for the digestive system, however he's fine with it now!

As the H monster turns 6 months in just a few weeks time we will be moving onto meats and slightly more textured purees! Eeeek! It seems like he is growing up so so quickly.. He'll be wolfing down steak and chips before we know it!

Have you started weaning your little one?? I would love to know what times you give them their meals!
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